2016 Winter, I like you after all!

2016 is shaping up to be a music filled year! We’ve been busy recording our next song which I can’t wait to share with everyone. It will be released very soon as a single.

This year marks our first official¬†winter in NYC and it is not so bad. Nothing slows down this city – we’re playing more shows now in winter than we did last fall! It’s been great to get out to different areas of the city to explore new venues even in the cold weather.

Silvana in Harlem is one place we played at recently for the second time and we hope to plan a third! It’s such an amazing restaurant/bar/venue. Delicious middle eastern food, hookah lounge, friendly staff and great beer selection.

Next week on 2/18 we’re playing at Hill & Dale which I have never been to, so let’s see how it goes! All info about that show can be found here:¬†http://on.fb.me/1zN0HhP

Sacred Grounds Coffee House Tampa

Sacred Grounds is such a unique coffee shop in Tampa located just down the street from Busch Gardens! A detailed menu of specialty drinks, shelves filled with books, board games, and artwork, the stage lined with instruments, a full PA system, colorful tapestries strewn across the walls, a fish take set in between two large windows that look out onto Busch Blvd and the nicest sweetest most welcoming owner, Karen. It was our first time playing music in a coffee shop that was so special and supportive of the arts!! We had a lot of fun playing our songs for everyone and we definitely want to come back to Tampa and play here again in 2015 ūüôā

The Rungs at Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop Tampa

Showcase 61 at The Palace Theatre in Stamford

Showcase 61 at The Palace Theatre is incredible! We feel so fortunate to have been a part of it.

Theatres like Stamford’s Palace¬†have important positive impacts on communities all over the world. They bring people together to celebrate and experience the arts. They foster a¬†wide appreciation of culture, religion, and art forms of all kinds through enriching performances and events. It really was a special night for us to play for a room filled with patrons of the Palace Theatre.

The room we played in was¬†filled with cute candle lit round tables and the stage was large with dynamic colorful lighting. Behind the stage was a large glass window through which you could see ‘SHOWCASE 61’ reflecting off of the brick wall of the adjacent building outside. Wine, craft beer, and specialty cocktails from a¬†bar in the back were served to the tables so that audience members could enjoy the show without having to get up. It felt just like a hip and cozy nightclub!

Our friend Bikash Rajkarnikar caught this¬†photo of our set ūüôā

the rungs at palace theatre

Boston here we come!

So I’ve been wanting to play in Boston for a while now and we are finally making our way up there this weekend! Boston is such a cool city filled with education, music, culture.. I could go on and on! I am so excited for this Saturday night. We will be at The Wonder Bar, 186 Harvard Ave. opening for Lizzy Pitch and Band without Hands, an event we’re calling the Electropunks Takeover ūüôā

The show starts at 9:30pm so get there early to hang with us!

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Rockwood Music Hall 10/17

Our last show in NYC was a good two months ago and it is about time to hit the stage here! Come out to our next gig on Friday, October 17 at Rockwood Music Hall 1am. Rock with us¬†because we’ve got some new songs to introduce!

Mandy will also debut some stellar new dance moves.  Think Blue Steel meets Gangnam style with Beyonce like booty action and Este Haim bassface. Is the world ready for this? Be there to find out!

 

Rungs at Rockwood 10/17

Grassroots Festival 2014

‘It’s that time of year again!’ is what I say to myself around mid July every summer when the Trumansburg Fair Grounds transform into a festival.

For the past
..wow I think it’s been 10 years, the Grassroots Festival has been more than a time to party, listen to awesome music¬†and dance for four days straight. For many who once lived in upstate New York, its the time of year they come back to visit, a chance to reunite and let loose with old friends. That’s why I was so happy when Diwas invited me to play guitar during his set. The crowd was filled with so many friends and it felt amazing to share that musical experience with everyone. I’m crossing my fingers that next year The Rungs will get accepted to play!! Even though we weren’t on the schedule this year, we managed to squeeze a few songs in during the Diwas Gurung set ūüôā

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Interview w/ Azltron Music Blog

Earlier this month, we had the pleasure of meeting the man behind the¬†Azltron Music Blog at the Ithaca Festival.¬†Today he shares an interview covering the formation of our band, how we write songs and what’s in store for us this summer. Check it out¬†here!

Hailing from Oswego, Azltron is a major supporter of the upstate NY music scene. The blog covers photos and reviews of live shows in nearby cities, band interviews, and music reviews. June marked the beginning of a music series organized in partnership with ZINC Shirts, a screen printing shop and live music venue in Oswego. We will be heading up to Oswego to participate in the series this fall and we are super excited!

Now, since I’m a plant science nerd, let’s say that music blogs today are the soil and all of the unsigned indie bands are the plants. Without the support of blogs like Azltron, we¬†would just be shriveled seeds!

That is why we are super thankful for this interview and the other bloggers that¬†have supported us since the release of our EP in January.¬†(aka nurtured our root growth, if you know what I mean – winky winks ūüėČ )

Now where you come in –¬†you can be the water. Tweet this interview, or support Azltron music blog however which way you desire, and let’s keep this little music ecosystem alive!

Photo of Mandy by Azltron
Photo of Mandy by Azltron

 

Upcoming Show: Friday 6/20

Cameo Gallery

We’re opening for¬†our friends coming all the way from North Carolina,¬†Schooner! We played with these guys last year¬†in Ithaca and¬†became instant fans. With¬†combined influences¬†of grunge, pop and indie, Schooner produces an inventive sound, yet still maintains a familiarity that instantly drew us in.¬†And their¬†live performance is rippling with energy. Bam. Instant fans! Come on out to Cameo Gallery 6/20 to catch the show!

Here is a link to the Facebook event, and line up below:

Schooner (10:30)
on Neighborhood Veins:
This gauzy, blown-out, beautiful pop record is the crowning achievement for Schooner and singer-songwriter Reid Johnson…an album that doesn‚Äôt ignore the past, doesn‚Äôt ignore the yesterdays good and bad that brought on today, but it also never falls into over-sentimentalizing loss and avoids the all-too-obvious trap of nostalgia. Pop Matters (8 out of 10)
http://schoonermusic.com/

Air Waves (9:30)
Critics have labeled Air Waves as everything from sparse pop to folky punk, a sign that Air Waves does what every great band in their time has managed to do ‚Äď find a way to be both comfortable and compelling in being themselves while creating a body of work beyond genre classification. Already in a short time span Air Waves have not only made a name for themselves in Brooklyn, but elsewhere by touring extensively down both the East and West coast sharing the stage with such notable acts like Cat Power, Songs: Ohio, Beach House, Dan Deacon and The Rapture to name a few.
http://airwaves.bandcamp.com/

The Rungs (8:30)
A duo you won’t want to miss, The Rungs bring you sparkling synth pop, unique guitar play and feel good vocals. Reminiscent of synth bands from the early 80’s, and with a discernible reference to Southeast Asian instrumentation, it is catchy, inventive, and bright!


Pre War (7:30)
Pre War formed at the height of the financial crisis, and the bottom of the housing market in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Fuzz rockers fresh from the exhilarating break up of their former outfit, Conversion Party, reconvened and decided to keep going, start over, write new songs.
http://prewar.bandcamp.com/

Stage Bouncing at Ithaca Festival 2014

The Rungs at Ithaca Festival 2014 - photo by Yuko
The Rungs at Ithaca Festival 2014 – photo by Yuko

A clear sky, warm sun and cool breeze combined to form the perfect¬†weather for this year’s Ithaca Festival. The annual summer celebration is notoriously hit with downpours, but that never stops the town from enjoying the festivities. With our set scheduled for 2 PM on Saturday, I was thrilled to see such a positive forecast! No rain boots needed?? Yay!!

So many friends came out. Some folks I haven’t seen in a while and even some from out of town! It was mega fun to see everyone. I always get a little tickle of happiness to look up after singing a song and see someone smiling.
Diwas had an exceptionally busy day. Right before our set, he joined Luke G & The Candy Hearts to play guitar.¬†¬†Luke is known around town for his performances of classic doo wop songs. He is such an energetic performer and the addition of a full band to back him up took the catchy doo-wop renditions to the next level. The crowd was a’dancin left and right!
Luke G & The Candy Hearts
Luke G & The Candy Hearts
After our set, Diwas raced over to the beer garden stage to join Gabe Taveras and Sisu Powder the Moon. He played the madal, a tradition Nepalese drum. The specific sounds he can get out of it¬†blend well with¬†Gabe’s unique folk guitar style.
Gabe Tavares & Sisu Powder The Moon
Gabe Tavares & Sisu Powder The Moon
While Diwas ran¬†around the stages swapping instruments, I ran back to help my sister and good friend move out of their apartment. Music day plus moving day. And that it is¬†only part one of our Saturday! Part two was all the way back down in Brooklyn for a launch party at the Greenpoint Gallery, which I’ll cover¬†in my next post ūüôā